Effective Leadership in a Digital Age

On Tuesday 17th September, 27 senior leaders across the construction and engineering industry gathered to debate how organisations can cultivate and transform their leadership to embrace the new digital era.

Throughout a spirited debate, Brittany Harris passionately spoke about the need for the industry to change the risk appetite and embrace opportunities to trial, test and embrace new innovations that already exist. John Palfreyman outlined a clear framework in which the construction industry needs to be better at embracing change. The change management process can be led from the top with support throughout the organisation.

In order to embrace change, the group agreed that diversity and inclusion must be a key priority for organisations. There are many opportunities for the industry to attract talent by focusing on widening the appeal and instilling initiatives such as ‘Returning Women’ following periods of maternity and paternity leave.

At the heart of the discussion was the need for the industry to continue collaboration. Alliance frameworks such as Project 13 is a wonderful example for how this can be accomplished, however, industry has other opportunities to collaborate such as through mutual R&D incubators to improve efficiency in innovation spend; and in attracting new talent.

Overall, the talent agenda remains integral to future proofing the industry and creating effective leaders for the digital age.